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Old 01-23-2011, 04:27 PM
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It's 7:30pm my time as I read this.

How's Jack doing on half a tab? Is mommy getting a bit of rest?

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Old 01-23-2011, 09:37 PM
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It's about 9:30pm our time. I'd say his drinking is up some starting this afternoon but he seems to be able to go several hours - 2 to 3 hours maybe - in between trips. Last night I set alarms for every 2.25 hours and he did fine with that. I will probably try something similar tonight unless his drinking and peeing really winds up between now and then.

He had a really fun walk at lunch time today and seemed to do pretty well out there. Now he's subdued... he always seems a little punky after getting the pred. I'm hoping he can shake it faster with the smaller dose.

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Old 01-24-2011, 05:37 AM
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I guess if he had a <fun walk<, the meds are starting to alleviate the pain which would be the good news I guess.

Every 2 1/2 hours All that rest that you got

Hope it continues to improve

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Old 01-26-2011, 12:55 PM
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Jack had his second 1/2 tab of methyl-prednisolone yesterday about 11am. Around 8 p.m., his urinating started increasing. We tried to go 2.5 hours between potty trips last night but that was too long and he leaked some before he woke up to ask to go out. So we cut the timing back to every 1.5 hours. He needed trips that frequently until about 3 a.m., after which he was able to hold it longer, more like three hours. And he seems pretty normal today.

So the frequent urination still occurs on 4mg but doesn't last as long.

We are working him off of the methyl-prednisolone with every-other-day dosing through next week.

I don't think we could stand to do even half a tab every day for a week so prednisone just doesn't seem like a viable option for him in the future unless we are desperate.

Monday night... a full 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. That was nice. Hoping for the same tonight and then it's another pred dose on Thursday.

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Old 01-26-2011, 01:31 PM
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How's his pain level seem to be Natalie?
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:26 PM
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Shhhhh, Natalie is catching up on her sleep.

On a more serious note, it makes you wonder how this peeing can affect the kidneys and what is potentially being flushed out of his system.

Hope things get better for both of you Natalie

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Old 01-26-2011, 05:41 PM
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Hope you and Jack are doing better.
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Old 01-26-2011, 07:18 PM
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Natalie - could you use one of those male wraps for Jack on the days he takes the medication? We use one for Pip. Just on those days and maybe you could sleep?
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:01 PM
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I am not sure whether his pain level is better or not. He seems subdued on the meds. On days off, like today... sometimes I think about the same as with Metacam, sometimes I think better, sometimes I think worse. So I just don't know the answer to that question.

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Old 01-26-2011, 10:02 PM
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This week I plan to give the methyl-pred when Jeff gets up to get ready for work at 5 a.m. That way, when the need to go often hits, it should be in the middle of the afternoon and could be mostly over with by bed time.

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